The true way to live is to enjoy every moment as it passes, and surely it is in the everyday things around us that the beauty of life lies.
-Laura Ingalls Wilder
June’s Happily Ever After block was Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie. I read some of the books as a child but didn’t really remember much of the details so this was a perfect opportunity for a reread.
I read the first four books in the series (Little House in the Big Woods, Farmer Boy, Little House on the Prairie, and On the Banks of Plum Creek) and quite enjoyed them for the most part. I loved the descriptions of farming and cooking and making butter and sewing clothes and all the details of self-sufficiency. Reading this as an adult though makes me really wonder about a few things – what kind of father puts his family through all of that when it isn’t necessary? And the attitude towards ‘Indians’ in Little House on the Prairie – I know it was written at a different time but oh my!
Anyway, on to the cross stitch.
There was a lot of brown this month so that’s where I started. I at least half the stitching was done before I moved along to the next colour family…
Can you even see any difference in this next picture? This is almost an entire day’s worth of stitching (clouds, wagon cover, and Laura’s apron) and it hardly shows.
Adding the greens and greys helped a little bit, but barely. I think the only reason you can sort of see the white sections in the finished block is simply because there’s another colour for contrast next to them.
Oh well, at least it’s done. I even had time to get a bit ahead on the frames. My goal is to have all the framing donee by the end of August; I know from experience that cross stitching is much easier with natural lighting so I’d like to have as much done as possible when the days are shorter in the fall.
July’s block is The Wind in the Willows and m quite looking forward to it.